Your outdoor spaces can undergo some chaotic changes as the seasons differ. Whether it’s due to too much sunshine in the summer months, or too much frost in the winter, it can often be difficult to keep your garden well-presented every month of the year. Here, we look at which plants are best suited to each season and what you should be doing to make sure your patch is always in peak condition.
With perfect preparation in the autumn months, your garden doesn’t have to be tough to keep in good shape in the Winter months. In fact, good planning can help your winter garden look beautiful with little effort. However, although your lawn may not need cutting as often as there is less sunshine, it’s still important that you care for it, mainly so you prevent issues such as lawn frostbite.
Due to the level of excess water, this can cause freezing lawns to ‘heave up’. Snow can also cause the fungal disease named snow mould. Usually, the main culprit for this is the pesky snow men. Although fun to make as a family, the density of snow can kill your grass. Make sure you’re clearing excess snow as soon as possible to give your space the chance to thrive as much as possible.
Shrubs in spring
The garden is said to ‘come alive’ in this season. The winter frost is thawing and there’s beginning to be some activity among crops and shrubs. Just as you do in the home, your garden needs a spring clean. You should check for signs of unwanted growth and prep your beds, removing all the debris from your winter collection. If you didn’t prune in the winter, now is the time to do so, but make sure you do so before the buds break into bloom or you’ll run the risk of stressing the tree and getting very little crop.
As your plants and shrubs grow to become a ray of majestic colours, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should just sit back and relax. Plant some summer-blooming shrubs and allow your garden to continue thriving into the next season. A great example includes the Bluebeard shrub. This bloomer is easy to upkeep and isn’t phased if we get a drought. It’ll also bring birds and butterflies to your space to add a lovely wildlife image for you to bask in. If blue isn’t for you, try the Butterfly bush in its purple, pink or white representation. Growing up to 10-feet tall, this beauty offers a longer bloom season than lilacs and may well run past summer and into autumn too.
Whether it’s for gardening, relaxing or entertaining, summer is when you’ll spend the most time in your garden. However, to make it a space you’re proud of can take some effort. With your grass growing at a speed far faster than any other season, it’s crucial you keep on top of its growth spurts. While it’s recommended that you keep it slightly longer during the summer months, it’s still advised that you mow your lawn a couple of times a week, unless there’s a harsh drought period where one cut a week will suffice.
Thanks to the sunnier climes, weeds will become an ever-growing issue. Make sure you are eradicating any weed issues as often they are competing with your lawn for moisture and, sadly, weeds often come out on top, leaving your lawn looking less than ideal.
July is the best time to invest in the correct garden equipment and plant some some autumn flowering bulbs such as nerines to ensure your garden contains some colour in the Autumn months. This can help you to continue having a brilliant floral display for the coming months.
Benefits of rainfall in Autumn
Autumn is the most important season for gardeners- alongside spring of course. This is because it’s a great time of year for undergoing transplanting work due to the moisture levels of the soil caused by regular showers. Due to the summer warmth, spring bulbs and next summer’s bulbs should be planted by the end of September to allow them to adjust to their new surroundings and grow their roots. This will set them in the perfect position to bloom next year once the frost thaws.
Due to the harsh weather that winter brings, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to spend much time in your garden during these months, thus it is important you prepare your garden for these months in Autumn. You must make sure that you cut your grass for the last few times before the cold kicks in. When doing this, you should lower the height of your lawnmower by a notch or two. Excessively long grass can cause problems in your garden throughout the colder climes, and it doesn’t look appealing either. However, don’t scalp your grass as this can expose it to more extreme conditions.
It’s important to fertilise your space however try not to overdo it since this can burn your grass. You can also spread a cool-weather grass seed to make sure it stays in good condition despite the icy weather. Remember, just because you won’t need to tend to it as often as in warmer climes, it’s important that you don’t leave any debris or toys on the lawn as this can create disease conditions, or worse still, invite unwanted pests to your garden shed.
It’s important to prepare your garden during this season if you’re wanting to bring some colour to it during these harsh months. You’ll need to pick plants of a good size due to the fact they’ll grow very little in winter. Good examples include the Bergenia, which is also known as elephant ear. With varying shade of pink, red and purple, this flower should bloom and brighten up your garden in the year’s earlier months.
To bring some brightness to your garden in January and February, the likes of Snowdrops or Galanthus nivalis is a good choice. If you would like a bronze purple colour added to your garden between November and March, try planting some clematis cirrhosa var. balearica.
In order to have an attractive and well-organised garden space in every season follow the steps above and you’ll be on your way to achieve exactly this. Remember, gardening requires a lot of pro-active methods, so don’t leave it too long. Think ahead of the seasons and your patch will prosper!